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HISTORICAL BACKGROUND

The name "Davangere" is derived from the "DAVANE" which means a rope in Kannada, used for tying the cattle and horses on the bank of a big lake. In the year 1811 the name of the small village with about five hundred houses has changed to DAVANGERE. It is said that Hyder Ali gave it as a Jahgir to a Maratha Chief named Appajiram who encouraged merchants to settle there. Important historical monuments of the district, the inscriptions and coins that belong to the Mauryan period are found in Jaglur taluk of this district.

On 2nd March of 1934, Mahatma Gandhi visited Davangere and laid foundation stone for a high school. It was not just beginning for educational era in Davangere but a major mile stone. Today there are 3 Engineering, 3 Medical, 2 Dental, 1 Fine Arts, and other professional courses like ayurveda, commerce, science, arts, agriculture, pharmacy and polytechnic. Kuvempu University’s study center, PG Center and Engineering Collage are in Davangere.

DISTRICT FORMATION

Davanagere district is a newly formed district, which came into existence during 1997 by including backward taluks from other three districts viz. Chitradurga, Shimoga and Bellary.

Year of formation of district

1997

Geographical Area

5975.97 Sq. Km

Average Rainfall

649 mm

Latitude

14 N-15  N

Longitude

75  5 E- 76   5 E

Altitude (Mtr.MSL)

584.302

Distance from State Capital (Kms)

260

No. Of Taluks

6

No.of Hoblies

24

No. of Revenue Villages(census 2001)

803

No.of Habitations

1334

No.of Grama Panchayaths

230

DAVANGERE COMPARISON WITH STATE OF KARNATAKA

 

District

State

Geographical area (ha)

597597 (3.13%)

19049836

Forest Area. (ha.)

89918

3068353

Cultivated area. (Ha.)

408448

12311594

Fallow land  (ha)

58805

1667841

Rain fall (mm) Average

649

1139

Irrigated Area/net sown area. (ha)

141327 (31%)

2491871(25%)

Expenditure on irrigation during the Last 10 years (ZP) (Rs. lakh)

167.74

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Watersheds Identified:
Area treated & under treatment :
Treated (Nos):

152
101414 ha
20

N.A.
32.22 lakh ha.
3668

Expenditure on Watershed development in lakhs (10 years)                                              

2846.28

97400

Major crops and their productivity (kgs/hectare)

1334

-

Fertiliser consumption (kg/Ha) (2003-04)

179

119

Average size of land holdings(2000-01)(ha)

1.96

1.74

No. of B.P.L. families/total No. of families
( lakhs)     

1.426/3.24

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Per capita income.(Current price)

Rs 14056

Rs 17518

Agriculture laborers (% to total working population)

34.57

26.40

Unemployment rate(Educated unemployed)

3.74

-

Major and secondary occupation

Agriculture and
Trade

 

Major mineral resources  & annual production (MT)

Iron ore
23350 
Manganese ore
6787 

 

Total Road length (incld. CADA & Municipality) kms

5593

147085

Railways (Kms)

59.13

2795.45

No.of telephones installed (per 1000 population)

24.87

51.10

No of electrified villages.

918 (100 %)

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